Free lecture at UEA on supporting newly arrived migrant populations and pupils

The UEA University of Sanctuary network is delighted to announce the first in our series of Public Lectures, to be held on Monday 12 November 2018, 13-14:00, in Lecture Theatre 3 on the UEA campus.

The lecture will be given by Professor Madeleine Arnot, who is Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Education at Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

In 2004, Prof Arnot established the Research Consortium on the Education for Asylum-Seeker and Refugee Children; in 2013 she co-founded the Cambridge Migration Research Network and in 2018 a new cross-disciplinary Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement.  She has recently co-authored two Bell Foundation research reports on educating newly-arrived (English as Additional language) children and is currently employed as a consultant on the Norwegian University of Science and Technology project (Language, Integration, Media: A Majority-Inclusive Approach to Migration (LIM)) and on a UNICEF funded global curriculum project for children in refugee camps.

The lecture will focus on Empowering the Newly Arrived within Mainstream Schools: The Challenges of Diversity, Communication and Social Morality and will be followed by questions/discussion. A brief abstract is attached.

Attendance is free, no need to book; the venue has wheelchair access.

We would be very grateful if you could share details with any teachers and researchers locally who might be interested in coming along.

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The concept of empowerment is not usually associated with newly-arrived migrant populations who tend to be either positioned as disadvantaged, vulnerable, needy, or more recently as resilient and highly motivated.  I believe the school system, in particular, needs to focus on is what will empower such children such that they can flourish in their lives.

The aim of my presentation is to highlight the range of educational issues that are raised by the arrival, presence and needs of newly-arrived migrant children and youth and what strategies might be needed to help our children, communities and our society for the changes that are occurring as a result of migration.

I focus on four themes which indicate how schools might respond:

  1. A Holistic Approach: compassion, belonging and rights
  2. The EAL Education Triangle: language, integration and achievement
  3. Transactional School-Home-School Communication
  4. A new social morality?

Professor Madeleine Arnot

Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Education at Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences